When I was 8, I was staying at my grandmother’s house overnight. I woke to shouting, and followed the sound, what I found was my grandparents watching wrestling on TV. I joined them, because, I was too awake to go to bed, and watched the matches. This was to be a huge part of my routine over the years, often watching the events live.
That was 36 years ago and I still enjoy wrestling. The binary presentation of heels (villains) and faces (heroes) made it easier to watch and enjoy. I have several favourite wrestlers from across the decades, however I think I have a new one now. Last week on Wednesday's episode of AEW Dynamite MJF made a statement. One hell of a statement actually, because he talked about his experiences as a neurodivergent child. He talked candidly about RDS (Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria), I could see him holding back the tears as he spoke. It was powerful, it truly was, and I would imagine a lot of neurodivergent people felt that way.
On the 27th of August, MJF (Maxwell) will defend his title against Adam Cole. I will be cheering him on and I truly hope that he retains the title. That he talks more about his life and experiences, as passionately as he did last week. That All Elite Wrestling has a neurodivergent champion for some time to come.
It was unexpected to say the least, but damn ... it was appreciated. Neurodivergent children need to see adults that have overcome, that can understand their perspective in life. As for Maxwell, I just want to say that you should be so very proud of everything you have achieved, so please don’t feel rejected ... feel embraced, feel seen, feel understood and feel respected. It’s not an easy road to travel being neurodivergent, but, always remember to be kind to your mind, and be true to you.
All our best and love
Ross Fraser and Jeni Dern
Words – Ross A Fraser
Graphic Design App – Canva